Today you will visit the village of Berchtesgaden and the surrounding sites independently. In the Bavarian Alps, above the Obersalzberg stands the former mountain residence of Hitler. It offers magnificent views across the snowcapped peaks of the surrounding mountains.
You will drive along the Königseeache, through the lovely valley and picturesque farmland to Unterau you start your ascent to the Obersalzberg. Here you stop to see what is left of Hitler’s mountain compound and to enjoy the wonderful panorama (view of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest).
Afterwards, head towards the city of Salzburg, Austria nearby for a city walking overview tour. You will meet your guide in the center of the city. Salzburg’s Old Town is world-famous for its baroque architecture and is one of the best-preserved city centers in Europe.
The Hohensalzburg Fortress, strategically located on a hill overlooking the old town, is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Originally built in the 11th century as a simple bailey with wooden walls, the structure was gradually expanded and strengthened in the following centuries. Because the fortress never came under a military siege and was surrendered without a fight to Napoleon’s army, this is one of the best-preserved castles in Europe.
You will also see the Salzburg Cathedral, a 17th-century Baroque building which was the site of Mozart’s baptism. You can also see the Benedictine St. Peter’s abbey, the oldest monastery in Austria. The Romanesque abbey church, still in use today, was dedicated in the 12th century. Its interiors were refurbished in the Rococo style in the 18th century. The abbey also houses the oldest library in Austria including 800 ancient manuscripts and some 100,000 volumes, focusing on medieval church history, art history, and items relating to the local history of Salzburg.
You will say good-bye to your guide and you will have the rest of your day at leisure.
Exeter Services: Guide (3 Hours)
Hotel: Kempinski Berchtesgaden